Sopa de Quinua (Quinoa Soup): Eating Peru

by Karen on Friday, November 19, 2010

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If you’re not feeling well or just need something soothing, this soup is perfect.  It is incredibly easy to make, but I really encourage you to make your own chicken broth, which you can find a recipe and tips for perfect chicken broth here.  The recipe is really flexible so add whatever vegetables you like that I may not have included in mine.

– 4 quarts of chicken broth
– 1 carrot, diced
– 2 yellow onions, diced
– 1 celery, diced
– 3 Yukon gold potatoes, diced
– 1/2 cup of quinoa (I’ve used red quinoa here, but you can use the regular yellow kind)
– 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
– 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
– 2 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil
– salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot drizzle in some olive oil and saute the onions on medium high heat until they start to soften.  Add the celery, carrots and garlic and continue to saute for a few more minutes.  Add your chicken stock, potatoes and thyme to the pot and bring to a boil.  Once it has reached a boil add the quinoa in.  Simmer the soup for about 30 minutes until the potatoes have softened and the quinoa has sprouted.  Discard the thyme stems and enjoy.  Your body will thank you!

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tasteofbeirut November 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I have yet to try quinoa; have heard of its wonderful benefits. This soup is the ticket, for a light and easy meal on a cool night; I agree that making the stock is essential though.

Karen November 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Really?! Hope you do soon– it’s great!

Seglare November 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

This looks like a great, warming soup. 🙂 I love quinoa in soups, and this sounds like a nice, simple recipe (though with vegetable broth here).

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen November 21, 2010 at 5:20 am

Winter is ofcourse not here but lately I have been carving warm soups. This one sounds so warm and comforting.

Azita November 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I’ve never cooked quinoa but I’m going to give it a try soon. This soup looks so good!

Valerie November 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

This was so delicious and hearty! The perfect treat now that the weather’s getting colder.

riceandwheat November 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Ooo I never thought of using quinoa in a soup before – this sounds so comforting and perfect for these chilly days. I’ve also never seen red quinoa before – where did you get those?

Karen November 30, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Thanks! I bought the red quinoa from Trader Joe’s.

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